Ross Dwain Blocher
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Objective To use my artistic and technical skills to serve my love of animation art and history.
Experience 2008-2011 / Disney Animation Studios / Burbank, CA
Technical Director
  • Technical direction for Princess and the Frog and Winnie the Pooh.
  • Working closely with animation crew to create and modify tests in ToonBoom Harmony.
  • Troubleshooting technical and artistic problems for all departments.
  • Received training in Disney 3D toolset during production of Tangled.
  • Actively involved in studio events, programs and initiatives: Production Council, Crisis Management Team, Inspire Days, Spark, etc.

2007 / Film Roman / Burbank, CA
Digital Compositor, Scene Planner, Technical Director

  • Compositing for The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons Game, and commercials.
  • Assembling shots in ToonBoom Harmony / Stage; editing backgrounds in Photoshop; digital ink and paint; receiving and exporting scenes from other studios.

2006-2007 / JE Services / Canyon Country, CA
Digital Ink and Paint Artist

  • Digitally inking and painting scenes for Disney's Three Caballeros Ride with Toon Boom Studio.

2006 / Matchframe Animation / Burbank, CA
Compositing Supervisor, Digital Effects & Compositing

  • Compositing for two-part animated film Walking With Buddha and film A Monkey's Tale.
  • Working in Shake, After Effects and Photoshop to improve scenes, adjust colors, timing and effects, and build transitions; assembling films in Shake and Final Cut Pro and exporting to film and DVD.

2004-2006 / Fleeting Image / Los Angeles, CA
Animation Compositor and Technical Director

  • Assembling rough, cleanup, and final color composites for animated short film A Monkey’s Tale.
  • Compositing in Shake, fixing ink and paint in Toonz, correcting images in GIMP, and operating from the UNIX command line.
  • Lumo tagging (adding 3D lighting information) for various commercials.
  • Animation checking and scanning for The Drew Carey Green Screen Show.

2004-2006 Woodbury University Burbank, CA
Assistant to the Animation Department

  • Producing promotional DVD portfolios of student animations.
  • Designing PowerPoint presentation and brochure to promote the Animation department; co-presenting at numerous schools and career fairs.
  • Ordering and assembling lab items including light tables, shooting stands, cameras, computers stations; designing and supervising construction of animation workstations.
  • Working with IT staff to order hardware/ software; creating guidelines for installation/ training.

2004-2005 Stormwriters Burbank, CA
Game Concept Design Internship

  • Working with game writers to visualize written concepts.
  • Environments, architecture, props, comic book layouts, digital painting and coloring.
  • BFA in Animation / Woodbury University / May 2004 / Magna Cum Laude.
  • Vice President of CelArt (Animation Student Organization), Dean’s List 2000-04, Senior Outstanding Performance Award, Outstanding Service Award, President's Award, Leadership Behind the Scenes Award, Student Leader Award
  • Toon Boom Harmony / Stage, Shake, After Effects, Final Cut Studio, Premiere, Vegas; Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat; modeling and texturing in Maya, 3D Studio Max; Dreamweaver, FrontPage, Flash, HTML, CSS, MS Office.
  • Experienced and proficient in Windows and Macintosh environments. Able to learn new software quickly and train others.
References References available on request.